Meet the Directors


David Smelin has been the program director since 1992. Previously, he spent eight years as director of Hampton Day School Summer Camp in Bridgehampton, New York. David has been a teacher for 37 years. He spent 10 years at Brooklyn Friends School, teaching combined 2nd/3rd grade classes and then 4th/5th grade classes. He came to Fieldston Lower in 1985 and has been a 4th grade teacher ever since.


Jennifer Erdman is excited to return for another summer to Fieldston Outdoors. Prior to Fieldston Outdoors she worked at Camp Wayne for Girls, an overnight camp in Pennsylvania, for nine summers. She has been a science and math teacher at Ethical Culture since 2007. Jen likes to think of herself as a lifelong camper.


Fieldston Outdoors is committed to maintaining a low child-teacher ratio so that every camper’s experience is full, varied, and comfortable. Each group of children is supervised by an experienced teacher, who is assisted by additional counselors. Many of our staff members are teachers from the Ethical Culture Fieldston School, as well as from public and independent schools throughout the metropolitan area. A full-time nurse is on campus during the camp’s operational hours. Specialists in art, dance, and music and visiting professional musicians and artists round out the team.